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Once saved, do we still sin because there’s sin in our hearts?

The definition of the word “heart” which I believe the Lord has shown me is “the deepest innermost dynamic of what motivates a person.” It’s what drives a person to action.

Bear in mind, now, that you and I are humans and as such we have human drives which were given us by the Father at the creation of man. They are not evil. Jesus had them as a human. These would include the need for personal worth, food, sleep, temperature limits, purpose in life, sexual gratification, love, etc. All these are perfectly good needs (drives).

The unregenerate man’s heart is “desperately wicked” and self-centered. He has a heart of “stone” (Ezek. 36:26). He is his own god. He determines his own goings and comings, chooses his own ways to get his human needs supplied, etc. Whether ethical or immoral, he is a total rebel against Jesus’ authority over him as God. This “heart” of his is a function of his spirit, as that is the part of him which ties him spirit-genetically to his father, Satan through Adam it seems to me.

On the other hand, your heart is good and pure and righteous. “You were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands.” (Col. 2:11) You have had heart surgery; you have had a transplant! (Exek. 36:26-27) You now have the “laws of God written on your heart and on your mind.” (Heb. 10:16) Note that these references are prophecy to Israel and are still future for them, but as the “true Israel”, the “sons of promise”, they have already been fulfilled in us!

You deeply desire to submit to Jesus’ authority over you as your God. True, you are tempted to get your human needs met through rebellion, but your desire is to wait on His provision. Your temptations are different from your desires! When God says He will give you the desires of your heart, He ain’t kiddin’ cause your desires are good! This is all a function of your “heart” and it seems to me that it is located in your spirit, because that is the part which was replaced via salvation in crucifying the old and birthing the new. Ezek. 36:27 says “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes (the law of love as defined in the summary Jesus gave: ‘love God and people’).”

Therefore, resist teachings which say that evil lurks in your heart. It does not; it lurks in your flesh (“old worldly ways“). “..Nothing good dwells…in my flesh.” (Rom. 7:18)